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The Ascendant by Jodie Forrest
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"Beginners may find the convoluted approach confusing."
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When I first received the book, I was very pleased that the reviews (front and back covers and inside front cover) gave it plaudit after plaudit. Thus, my expectation for a well-written, easy-to-follow and enjoyable-to-read book was set. Alas, even as I read the Introduction (before I got to the first chapter), I could sense that this was going to be a difficult read. Each chapter thereafter reinforced my initial suspicion.

On closer inspection, the reviews were all written by people who have made astrology their profession. This is not the first book to read if you're just starting to delve into astrology. Unless you're already acquainted with the topic, it will be a little bit difficult to follow. To give you a better context of my review, I am not a total novice when it comes to astrology. However, I am not yet a serious student either. At the end of most chapters, there are exercises to reinforce the points discussed. These are not really practical for the novice or those with a passing interest in astrology and just wanting to understand the ascendant better as you'll need access to quite a number of birth charts to complete those exercises.

I so wanted to resist the temptation to flick to the final chapter to read about my own ascendant in the “Cookbook” section (Chapter 12). I gave up at Chapter 7 as it was taking too long to even get to this point. I flipped to the “Cookbook,” then came back to read the rest of the book with the same impatience to get to the end of the book. I am now at Chapter 11. So near yet so far!


How do you face the world? Are you centred? Are you poised? How well do you handle blind dates and job interviews? Your astrological Ascendant, the sign rising in the east at your birth, is the face you wear in the world, your social self, your astrological 'clothing'. It's just as important in your birth chart as your Sun and Moon. How well do you really understand it? Join astrologer and novelist Jodie Forrest as she examines the Ascendant through the lenses of the arts, psychology, relationships, evolutionary astrology and metaphysics. Beginners or professional astrologers will deepen their knowledge of the rising sign. With exercises for further study, topics include: why the Ascendant may be the most overlooked and least understood member of the Primal Triad (Sun, Moon, and Ascendant); what exactly is the Ascendant?; several working metaphors for the Ascendant, and how to apply them when analysing charts; how the Ascendant interacts with the Sun and the Moon; the ruler of the natal Ascendant; aspects to the natal Ascendant; dynamic events involving the Ascendant (transits, progressions and arcs); and, rectification tips for the Ascendant. It includes an extensive Ascendant 'cookbook' for each rising sign.

Table of Contents

Introduction; What is the Ascendant?; The Ascendant and CG Jung's Concept of the Persona; Acting and the Ascendant; The Ascendant and "Style"; The Ascendant with the Sun and the Moon; The Ruler of the Ascendant; Transits, Progressions. Arcs and the Ascendant; "Adjusting" Your Ascendant; The Ascendant and "National Character"; The Ascendant Speculations on Physical Appearance and Rectification Tips; The Ascendant and Evolutionary Astrology; The Ascendant "Cookbook"; Ascendant in Aries; Ascendant in Taurus; Ascendant in Gemini; Ascendant in Cancer; Ascendant in Leo; Ascendant in Virgo; Ascendant in Libra; Ascendant in Scorpio; Ascendant in Sagittarius; Ascendant in Capricorn; Ascendant in Aquarius; Ascendant in Pisces; Planets in the First House; South Node in the First House; North Node in the First House.
Release date NZ
February 1st, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
black & white illustrations
Seven Paws Press
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